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Who benefits from marriage?

Maasoumi, Esfandiar, Millimet, Daniel L., & Sarkar, Dipanwita (2009) Who benefits from marriage? Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 71(1), pp. 1-33.

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Abstract

The phenomenon that married men earn higher average wages than unmarried men, the so-called marriage premium, is well known. However, the robustness of the marriage premium across the wage distribution and the underlying causes of the marriage premium deserve closer scrutiny. Focusing on the entire wage distribution and employing recently developed semi-nonparametric tests for quantile treatment effects, our findings cast doubt on the robustness of the premium. We find that the premium is explained by selection above the median, whereas a positive premium is obtained only at very low wages. We argue that the causal effect at low wages is probably attributable to employer discrimination.

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ID Code: 38124
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Dipanwita Sarkar formerly at the University of Louisiana-Monroe USA
Keywords: Marriage Premium, Quantile Treatment Effects, Stochastic Dominance, Selection
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0084.2008.00515.x
ISSN: 0305-9049
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > OTHER ECONOMICS (149900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford
Deposited On: 25 Oct 2010 07:38
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:23

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